2021 G90 vs. 2021 Lexus LS
There are so many reasons why one would fall in love with the 2021 Genesis G90. With its vast slate of deluxe features, heart-pumping performance, and incredible value, it surpasses many of its closest rivals in terms of overall desirability. The Genesis brand is focused on providing true automotive luxury for less than competitors of similar caliber. One of the ’21 G90’s main competitors is the 2021 Lexus LS. While the LS is a hearty contender in many respects, some prospective buyers in this segment might be surprised when they look at these two cars head to head. Let’s take a closer look.
The 2021 Genesis G90 offers two robust powertrains: a standard 3.3-liter V6 that makes 365 hp and 375 lb.-ft. of torque and an available 5.0-liter V8 that produces 420 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is paired to each, and while rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional. The LS is only made with a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 416 hp. While this is more than the G90’s base motor, Genesis has the advantage by giving shoppers the option of higher efficiency versus more power.
Standard and Available Amenities
You probably wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t prefer a car stocked with upscale equipment. Well, you’ll want for nothing with the G90. Even its base trim level is loaded with goods, like quad-beam LED headlights, a hands-free trunk, power soft-close doors, a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charger, Nappa leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated and ventilated front seats. The G90 also has a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen. For the ultimate in on-road entertainment, the highest trim has a rear-seat video system with dual 10.3-inch screens and ventilated power-adjustable rear seats with position memory. The LS only has triple-beam LED headlights and a standard 12-speaker audio system. It lacks soft-close doors, a wireless smartphone charger, driver attention warning, and Nappa leather upholstery; the head-up display is an optional luxury.
On the safety front, the G90 gets a number of advanced driver aids, like forward collision-avoidance assist, driver attention warning, lane keeping and following assist, safe exit assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, a blind-spot view monitor, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, driver attention alert, safe exit assist, and a surround-view camera system. Lexus only offers driver attention monitor and a surround-view monitor in a high-priced package, and it doesn’t offer a feature similar to safe exit assist.
Pricing and Coverage
Both of these models are less expensive than their European-manufactured counterparts; however, the G90 has a bit of a leg up in the cost department with its starting MSRP of $72,950; this beats the LS’s starting MSRP of $76,000. Fully loading a Lexus LS can bring the cost well upward, as a couple of the optional packages top $17,000 and even $23,000.
The G90 also comes with industry-leading warranty coverage (5 years/60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and 10 years/100,000 miles powertrain). The LS’s bumper-to-bumper warranty only lasts 4 years/50,000 miles, and its powertrain warranty ends after 6 years/70,000 miles. To top it off, the G90 receives 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance visits. This covers oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections. The LS only gets complimentary first and second scheduled maintenance visits.